Visitation & Custody Issues
by Robert the Concerned Father from Orlando, Florida, Orange County
Visitation & Custody Issues:
I will try to keep this short and to the point. Since the split, I was unable to see my daughter on a regular schedule.
The mother uses her as a weapon any chance she gets.
Recently had mediation in Sept. 2010. Paternity order is in place stating I have legal rights now.
Since mediation I have missed a total of 25 days lost time with my daughter.
Few days ago was a contempt of court hearing for makeup time. I was granted my time(thank god!) Judge actually told her she could lock her up if she does this again. I have not seen my daughter in over 3 weeks.
Side note: She is a classified bi-polar manic depressive. Acts out of emotion 99.9999% of the time
1. I know for a fact she is now dating a convict and he lives in the home with our daughter. He is on probation for drug charges. Also has a DUI and is driving her car around. I saw him in it, but without my camera......Does this help my case in any way? I also know he has recently violated probation for drugs.
2. Given the above facts and a few I am sure you will ask me, how does this help my case in obtaining primary custody of our daughter as the mother is clearly not looking out for the best interest of the minor child.
3. She violated the agreement again the day of court by making it very difficult to obtain custody of my daughter on my given day, do I call contempt yet again or let it play out to collect more days in the case against her.
Answer to Florida Child Custody Question
You are well on the right track. The judge already is on your side. Be very careful to keep it that way.
My suggestion is that you document everything, and always take the higher road.
Try to keep the exchanges with your ex in writing so that you have proof come court day.
The fact that there is drug abuse in the home is a factor that could easily sway a judge in awarding you sole custody of your daughter.
Keep track of the boyfriend's shenanigans without going overboard or stalking anyone.
Check the arrest notices if your area publishes, etc. If he has a recent DUI and he is driving – he may be driving illegally or he may not be.
That issue is most important to you if you have reason to believe he is driving illegally with your daughter in the car.
The fact that your ex is bi-polar and apparently not properly medicated is also persuasive to the judge to grant you sole custody. Bi-polar personalities are no joke. They are among the most difficult to deal with.
My suggestion is that you try to work with the present situation for the time being as best as you reasonably can. If at any point, you feel your child is in imminent danger, you have every right as a parent to refuse to return her to her mother. Notice:
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